No plan to regularize NYC volunteers: Taj

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 24: Minister for Youth Service and Sports, Taj Mohi-ud-Din today said that there is no provision for regularization / absorption of youth engaged under National Youth Corps Scheme (NYCS), in any Government Department and neither has the Union Government agreed to extend the scheme beyond December 2012.
Replying to calling attention notice of Khalid N. Suhrawardy in Council, the Minister said that Union Government has agreed to provide funds to the State Government for providing necessary training to these youth in various skills so that they can be employed in organized sector. He said that in view of the reluctance of the youth, no further progress in the matter could be made and only few youth have opted for such an arrangement.
Mr Taj said that the youth demand further extension of the scheme or their permanent absorption in Government sector, although the scheme guidelines clearly stipulate that the volunteers under the scheme shall be engaged on temporary basis with no claim or right for regular appointment to any post under the deploying agency / department.
Earlier, giving details of the NYCS, the Minister said that Union Government had decided to engage 20,000 volunteers across the country (8000 for J&K) under the age group of 18-25 years under NYC for their deployment in various sectors for a period of two years. The objective was to engage the youth in nation building activities like to serve as tourist volunteers (guides) for handling the heavy inflow of pilgrims at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi and Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra, cleaning and maintenance of Dal and Nageen Lake, National Mission for female literacy, Health and sanitation programmes etc, and during the period of their engagement they were entitled for the honorarium of Rs. 2500 per month. However, against 8000 NYC volunteers sanctioned (7700 through Youth Services & Sports Department and 300 through Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan) only 6956 volunteers were in position. The process of engagement was completed through Deputy Commissioners of the concerned districts during 2010 and the department of Youth Services and Sports acted as funding channel.
The Minister further said that the engagement of volunteers so engaged has already expired in December, 2012. The Union Government so far released Rs. 38.47 crore for meeting the expenditure by the State Government on account of honorarium of NYC volunteers and entire amount stand released.